VCDX Presentation Layout

Originally posted in September 2015 on

You’ve submitted your design and your brain is fried. Now you are faced with creating the most detailed but the most to-the-point slide deck you have ever created. It will include close to 100% important content. Well at least the first part. More on that later.

A VCDX slide deck can include anything you like, as long as you get your message through and cover the whole design. Everyone has a different presentation style and you should follow what works best for you. The only thing that needs to be consistent is time cause that’s the only thing you don’t have a lot of during the defense.

My slide deck included the following layout:

  • VCDX Defense Slides: 22 Slides.
  • VCDX Deep Dives: 62 Slides
  • VCDX Alternatives: 8 Slides

That’s a lot of slides, and in the end I only used 2-4 of the Deep Dive and Alternative slides, but I don’t consider creating those slide “wasted time” since I learned a lot creating the slide deck itself. Creating extra slides is therefore not a bad use of your time (not mentioning all the nice diagrams you can later use in projects)

My slide deck was based on a lot of recommendations from Rene Van Den Bedem, VCDX 133, which was my mentor as well. I recommend reading this post from his blog: It has really good pointers that I thoroughly followed. And he also has a very detailed VCDX section that I fully recommend reading, at least twice.

The following posts will cover each section of the section layout in detail.

VCDX Defense Slides VCDX Deepdive Slides VCDX Alternative Slides VCDX Slide Transcript

There are a lot of good information out there on VCDX presentations, so make sure you visit all the other ones as well for good advice. These are some of the ones I read at least twice: